Turnquist Retires as Faculty Advisor to OAC

April 06, 2010

Dr. Truman Turnquist, professor of chemistry at Mount Union College, understands the importance of the student athlete. As a member of Mount Union's Committee on Athletics for 32 years and the College's faculty representative for the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) since 1979, he has guided student athletes to realizing the importance of academics.


Turnquist retired from the OAC in September and is retiring from teaching at the College in the spring after 39 years in the chemistry department.

"As a faculty representative, you have to keep the focus on the student athlete," Turnquist said, giving advice to his successor, Dr. Gerald Wuchter, associate professor of mathematics. "You have to look at academics and make sure they are gaining academically at Mount Union College."

As the chair of the Eligibility Committee when he retired in September, he has been able to advise students, as well as guide the College, to making sure both are always in accordance to the OAC and NCAA Division III rules.

At the College, Turnquist has taught chemistry for almost 40 years, served as interim dean four times and athletic director for four years (1981-1985).

At the conference level, he was OAC president from 1989-1991 and a member of the Budget Committee, Honors and Awards Committee and the Eligibility Committee.

He has also served at the national level as a member of the NCAA Management Council from 1997-2001 where he was on the Research Committee, the Championships Committee and the Postgraduate Scholarship Committee.

Turnquist received his bachelor's degree from Bethel College and his master's and Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Minnesota. He was hired by Mount Union College in 1965.

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